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Sciatica Relief in East Brunswick

person with back painSciatica is a condition that involves one of the biggest nerves in the body, the sciatic nerve. You can think of the sciatic nerve starting as the Mississippi River, with many small tributary nerves that come from the spinal cord in the lower back, come out from between the vertebrae, converge and join in the buttock area, and then fan out to supply energy to the structures in the thigh, knee, leg and foot. Because nerves are sensitive tissues, pain can result when they’re irritated. Since the sciatic nerve is so large and long, when it becomes irritated it can result in crippling pain and malfunction.

Symptoms of Sciatica

Those suffering from sciatica may experience the following:

  • Weakness in the leg
  • Numbness & tingling in the lower extremity
  • Loss of motor skills
“Sciatica can affect people not only physically, but emotionally. If not treated, sciatica can negatively impact every area of a person’s life,” said Dr. Freedman.

The most common cause of sciatica is vertebral subluxation complex or subluxation, which is a condition where the vertebrae in the spine have misaligned to the point where the delicate spinal nerves or spinal cord become irritated. When they become irritated, it interferes with the transmission of impulses that control and coordinate the function of the body, which includes the muscles, joints and skin areas of the lower back and lower extremity.

Sciatica can also come from other causes: tumors compressing the nerve, herniation of spinal discs, and being overweight. If you are struggling to lose weight, we offer a safe and effective weight loss program that gets great results.

A wallet in the back pocket can also be a culprit. “I’ll tell men to take the wallet out of their back pocket, because if a guy is sitting on a wallet in their back pocket, whether they’re driving in the car or watching the games on the weekend or watching TV at night, that wallet throws the hips out of alignment, pressing on the nerves,” said Dr. Freedman.

Before we can address your sciatica, the first step is to take a proper history and thorough checkup to find out exactly what the cause is, and what we can do to help you.

If subluxation is present, depending on the location, severity, and what we need to do, we may recommend X-rays or other imaging like a CT scan or an MRI. Such imaging would give us a better understanding of what’s happening with the vertebrae and discs in your spine, whether there’s any pathology present, and whether you are best served either in a chiropractic office or being referred to a medical provider.

How Chiropractic May Help

If you don’t have any tumors, fractures, bulging or herniated discs, or other conditions that would require medical attention, Dr. Freedman can use customized chiropractic care to address your sciatica if the cause is from subluxation of the spine.

A chiropractic adjustment is the major approach chiropractors use to help a person suffering from sciatica. It relieves the pressure off the nerves and enables the body to function much better. “By reducing nerve irritation with chiropractic adjustments, the body works much better to achieve faster, more complete healing and recovery. Best of all, chiropractic care is much safer than surgery, medications and physical therapy, and it has much higher levels of patient satisfaction. We offer a range of chiropractic adjusting techniques, from the traditional ‘twisting and popping’ techniques, to those involving no twisting and popping of the spinal joints. This is based upon the patient’s clinical need and personal preferences,” said Dr. Freedman.

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You don’t have to suffer from sciatica. Contact Freedman Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment!



Sciatica Relief East Brunswick NJ | (732) 254-6011